Archive for August, 2008

Hot, Flat, and Crowded

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution — and How It Can Renew America by Thomas L. Friedman has a scheduled publication date of September 9, 2008.  The popular author of The World is Flat proposes a national strategy to address key issues in climate change and energy shortages, identifying the factors that have contributed to current circumstances while outlining an American-led revolution of clean technology solutions.  This book has been ordered by KDL, so you can now place your holds through LakeNet.  Don’t delay, as this will be one of the hot books in September!  

If you can’t get enough of the “Green Revolution”, check out the documentary by Thomas L. Friedman Green: The New Red, White & Blue.  Join Friedman as he visits the front lines of a green revolution that is just taking shape — from the offices of Internet giant Google to a new Wal-Mart prototype green superstore. Then, learn why it makes good business sense to go green. On this environmentally friendly adventure, watch Friedman find solutions to global warming as America embraces the idea that green is the new red, white and blue.  

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Good Times at Smoothie Program

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

Teens at our Cascade Branch location recently got together to blend some of the finest ingredients around to make — Smoothies!  53 teens showed up and made smoothies, played games, and had a good time.  They made a number of delicious flavor combinations with ingredients like blueberries, strawberries, bananas, raspberries, mangoes, yogurt, orange juice and pineapple juice.  The smoothies were all pretty good except for a few people that tried to intentionally make some really gross ones — and succeeded.

Thanks to all those that participated and we look forward to doing it again!


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New Kentwood Branch Approved

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

The residents of Kentwood are getting a new library!  Yesterday, voters approved a millage for the new Kentwood Library location by a 61% – 39% margin. It’s apparent that a number of citizens in Kentwood value the services of the Kent District Library and we couldn’t be more appreciative.  We promise to continue working hard to see that we provide the best in library services and materials to our Kentwood customers and believe our new facilities will enhance our ability to do so. We thank everyone who gave their support and look forward to a great new library location in Kentwood!

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Great Summer Read

Monday, August 4th, 2008

The Penderwicks on Gardam Street
by Jeanne Birdsall

The four Penderwick sisters are faced with the prospect of their widowed father dating, and they plot a scheme to stop him. Enter the Save-Daddy Plan — a plot so brilliant, so bold, so funny, that only the Penderwick girls could have come up with it. It’s high jinks, big laughs, and loads of family warmth as the Penderwicks triumphantly return. This is the follow up to The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy.

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Sunday, August 3rd, 2008

Do you have trouble remembering what books you have already read? Are you looking for an easy and quick way to keep track of what you have read yourself? Books you have read to your family? Books your kids have read on their own?

Are you looking for some interesting book suggestions because you finally have some time to yourself to read a book of your own choosing?

Do you want to see what your friends are reading?

Check out: and set up your own profile.

Their Mission:
Goodreads’ mission is to improve the process of reading and learning throughout the world.

How They Do It:
Most book recommendation websites work by listing random people’s reviews. On Goodreads, when a person adds a book to the site, all their friends can see what they thought of it. It’s common sense. People are more likely to get excited about a book their friend recommends.

What Makes It Fun:
If you get some of your friends involved you can see what they are reading.
It is a great visual list of what you have read.
You can make your own book shelves and organize your books any way you like.

Warning: Your “To-Read” list may grow very long, but when has that ever been a bad thing?

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Lisa Loeb Releases New Kids CD

Sunday, August 3rd, 2008

Camp Lisa is the second CD of children’s music created by Lisa Loeb. Camp Lisa celebrates the tradition of summer camp with a mix of old favorites and original songs. Camp Lisa features collaborations with Steve Martin, Nina Gordon, and Jill Sobule.

I had the chance to see Lisa perform songs from Camp Lisa this past June. My favorite songs include: “Peanut Butter & Jelly,” “Best Friend,” and “Going Away.”

This CD is available to check out from your library.

A portion of the proceeds of this CD goes to support the Camp Lisa Foundation which sends kids to camp.

Kids Music by Lisa Loeb:
Camp Lisa by Lisa Loeb
Catch the Moon by Lisa Loeb & Elizabeth Mitchell

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Sculpture Show at the Cascade Branch

Friday, August 1st, 2008

On Friday, July 25 the Cascade branch of KDL revealed the “Come Read with Me” sculpture donated in memory of Helen Lewis. The sculpture was commissioned by Helen’s husband, Jack Lewis, and her family and friends. Donations were also made by the Douglas and Maria DeVos Foundation, the Meijer Foundation, the Daniel and Pamella DeVos Foundation, Claude and Marion Robinson and David and Michelle Bottrall.

Helping to dedicate the sculpture were Jack Lewis, sculptor Tuck Langland, Cascade Branch Manager Diane Cutler, Cascade Township Supervisor and Meijer Foundation representative Michael Julien, and Dr. Michael Washburn, retired Superintendent of Forest Hills Public Schools where Helen taught for many years.

“Come Read with Me” depicts a seated woman holding a book in an outstretched arm. She has plenty of room to welcome children who want to sit on her lap or curl up beside her. The sculpture will be permanently displayed in the children’s area of the library.

The ceremony also kicked off a bronze sculpture show from Sculptureworks, Inc. Over sixty bronze pieces are displayed high and low throughout the library to view and purchase. Ten percent of every purchase will support the Friends of the Cascade Library. The show will run through October.




Be sure to stop by the Cascade Branch to see “Come Read with Me” and the many other sculptures on display!

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